New scholarship for women in STEM

Plus, green hydrogen is coming to Campbell River

Welcome to this week’s Midweek Memo. In this issue, read about Ocean AID’s advancement, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists, and a green hydrogen production plant in Campbell River.

Now, onto today’s briefing. It’s 700 words, a three-minute read.

New scholarship for women in STEM

Eleven leaders in STEM take the runway to raise funds to launch the iWIST Scholarship. Source: iWIST

Island Women in Science and Technology (iWIST) announced the launch of an inaugural scholarship program for women studying STEM on Vancouver Island. With support from Women’s Equity Lab, the program aims not only to provide financial assistance but also to recognize and celebrate the resilience of women navigating traditionally male-dominated fields.

"We are thrilled to introduce this scholarship program as part of our ongoing commitment to support and encourage women to engage with and thrive in STEM," said Louise Wilkinson, iWIST Board chair. "As the STEM sector continues to evolve, it's crucial that we provide tangible support to women pursuing education in these fields."

"We're looking for applicants who embody the spirit of iWIST," continued Robyn Quinn, scholarship committee lead and one of the original founders of iWIST. "These are women who, despite challenges, are passionate about making their mark in STEM. By supporting their education, we're investing in a more diverse and innovative future for our industries."

iWIST plans to award the scholarships at their 2024 Summer Party. Applications for the scholarship program are now open.

📰 More Victoria innovation news

😀 I wanna be happy: Victoria’s Ocean AID made it into round 2.5 of the New Ventures BC Competition, where they’ll pitch for the chance to continue. Ocean AID develops solutions that detect underwater objects.

🏆 I’m the world’s greatest: Certn and Redbrick advanced as finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 awards. In its 30th year, the program celebrates entrepreneurs who are changing our perception of what’s possible.

⚡️ Green, green grass: Quantum Technology, a Squamish company, announced a partnership with New Times Energy Discovery Park to develop a green hydrogen production plant in Campbell River.

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